We all know Google Adsense is one of the best recurring monetization networks for any blog or website. I started blogging in 2008 and implemented Adsense on ShoutMeLoud in 2009. If you have read my earlier article on how I make money with ShoutMeLoud, you would know, I never focused on Adsense as my main source of online income. I have earned more with Affiliate marketing, services, and till the date: AdSense is just a small part of my online income.
- ShoutMeLoud September 2014 Income Report
- A Bloggers 5 Year Affiliate earning for inspiration: $80410
It’s 2013 now, and I wanted to share my AdSense earning report for last five years. I believe, this will be helpful for many to figure out if they can rely on Adsense for their online income or not. Before I share my Adsense earnings report, do remember:
- This report includes all the blogs in my network.
4 Year Adsense earnings
If you are new to Adsense, you can refer to Adsense guide, and learn how to create an Adsense account. My AdSense journey started from January 2009, and I received my first payment in the first week of May 2009. It was $179.77, and honestly I can’t share the joy I had when I was holding my first Adsense cheque.
I’m sharing Adsense income for every year from 2009-2012:
- 2009 – $1860.05
- 2010 – $7235.44
- 2011 – $10771.13
- 2012 – $6884.83
Update: AdSense income report till October 2014: (Approx. 2.2 Million INR)
From 2009-October 2014 I have earned $36233 from AdSense on all my blogs.. As you all know, Google sends us the Adsense cheque in INR, and conversion rate varies every month. Here I’m taking $1=46 INR as an average conversion rate, total Adsense earnings for five years in INR is approximately 22 Lakh INR.
You can click on above image to see the full-view. If you would notice in product column: “Hosted Adsense for content” made $571.27. This is not much, but again this comes from Adsense youtube partnership. I also earn from Adsense ads running on youtube videos on my YouTube channel.
To be honest, my one year affiliate income report for an individual network is much better than four year combined earning from AdSense, but as I always say: Adsense gives us peace of mind. When you are earning online, recurring income is the first thing that one should target. Once you are in your comfort zone of earning, you can always try, and implement the new methodology to earn from your blog.
When it comes to contextual advertising, there are many Adsense alternatives out there. But, the kind of quality of ads, timely payments, you get with Google Adsense, you will not get it from anywhere else.
Can you rely on Adsense income for full-time job:
The reason I’m sharing my 5 years Adsense earning with you is to give you an idea of how much a blogger can earn from Adsense. As I told you, Adsense adds only to 20% of my total income, and I know many bloggers who are making more than 3-4 lack with Adsense on tech blogs. If I consider, the salary of an average software engineer in India, I find Adsense earnings to be more tempting than salary. The only down side of relying only on Adsense for income is, if your account get banned at any point of time, you will be hunting for the best suitable alternative, which is a task.
If you are one of those who is planning to start a blog and earn from Adsense. My advice would be: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you are planning to take blogging as a career option, a good idea is to have multiple sources of income. You can have multiple blogs, or you can use different monetization methods like Intext Ads (Infolinks), CPM ads, Affiliate marketing (Webhosting affiliate, Viglink), Sell your product, and many more.
So that sums up my five years of Adsense journey, and I will keep sharing whatever I will learn in my blogging journey. Also, I would love to know how much on an average you earn from Adsense in a year? Would you recommend anyone to consider Blogging as a full-time career, by relying on Adsense earnings only?